Friday, October 28, 2011

WVU Students Help with Last Cleanup

( In some views, you need to click the headline above to see the full article).

This summer I have had a number of WVU students out on the river with me for cleanups. In the past I've concentrated on getting younger kids out, but they are hard to find in the summer. So, the WVU students, many with public service requirements for courses, have been on board this summer.

Last weekend was our last weekend. It's time to lay The Monongahela Monitor up at Mark's Marine Repair for the winter. We'll be doing some maintenance on her over the winter.

The photos show Josh Dyer, Andy Sheldon and Andrew Fergison near the Ruby McQuain park cleaning that area, and our final "catch" delivered to Walnut Street where the folks at the Solid Waste Authority haul it away.

Well, it's always sad to close down for the winter. We enjoyed meeting the volunteers we had out and we moved a lot of junk from the river and river banks out and to the dump. We kept the Morgantown harbor area pretty clean all summer, and The Monitor served us well.

This winter we'll be finishing work on two information kiosks that will be placed at the Ruby McQuain Park (at the boat launch ramp) and at Star City. We also plan to organize some roadside cleanups in the western part of the county, near creeks that run into the Mon. These will take place in late winter or early spring.

I hope you all keep warm this winter! Thanks for reading the blog.